Throughout the Muslim world there is a groundswell of Muslim women wanting to reclaim the Quran for themselves. for many years muslim women have believed they had to choose between their Muslim identity and their belief in gender equality. an impossible choice. but over the last 4 years the Musawah movement has gathered steam and gained notice around the world. they promote the idea that the beginnings of Islam where based on equality. and the Prophet Muhammed through the way he treated the women around him was in fact an ambassador of female rights. to many this news comes as a revelation.

Flat Frog Films was thrilled to be a part of this project. to create a short film that delves into the historical aspects of the Islamic Feminism movement. the film was commissioned by THE THANKS INITIATIVE


The film is available on the Flat Frog vimeo account and also on YOUTUBE and on the THANKS INITIATIVE website

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Throughout the Muslim world, a groundswell of feminist sentiment is growing among women who are seeking to reclaim Islam and the Koran for themselves. For decades, many women believed they had to choose between their Muslim identity and their belief in gender equality. It was an impossible choice—one that involved betraying either their faith or their feminist consciousness. Four years ago, a global movement called Musawah—“equality” in Arabic—began to make the case that women can fight for justice and equality from within Islamic tradition. For many Muslim women, this came as a revelation.

Musawah was spearheaded by twelve women, from countries as diverse as Egypt, Gambia, Turkey and Pakistan, who spent two years laying out the movement’s guiding principles. It was officially launched in 2009 at a meeting in Kuala Lumpur that brought together 250 Muslim activists, scholars, legal practitioners and policy-makers from forty-seven nations. The organisation is currently based in Malaysia, but will periodically move its secretariat and leadership council from country to country. At its core, Musawah operates on the belief that Islam is not inherently biased toward men: patriarchy within Muslim countries is a result of the way male interpreters have read Islamic texts. With this framework for action, Musawah empowers women to shape the interpretations, norms and laws that affect their lives, then push for legal reform in their respective countries.

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